Your wedding day comes with an enormous to-do list and stress to last a lifetime, so making sure your beautiful smile is just as you want shouldn’t have to be a concern. Before you think it’s necessary to spend thousands of dollars on braces, veneers, or bonding, there are some more manageable, more affordable options to help you have your best smile on your big day!
Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables
The benefits of a healthy diet stretch far beyond helping your teeth and smile look beautiful. Beyond loading your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables, take note of your added sugar intake by checking those labels carefully- you’ll be surprised how many common foods load in the added sugar. A poor diet is one of the most significant contributors to tooth decay, so keep those choices healthy!
Ditch the caffeine (we know – it’s complicated)
The average American coffee drinker consumes 2.7 cups a day, at 9oz per cup. This means about 150 million Americans drink around 400 million cups of the stuff per day! While you might be one of those people who cannot start your day without the bean juice, ditching the caffeine will add up to helping you balance out your metabolism, reduce teeth stains, and maybe even see better results from your workouts.
Start slowly by gradually reducing the amount you have each day and replace it with the same amount of water. By the big day, you’ll be caffeine-free, have a dazzling white smile, and feel better, too!
Consider a whitening treatment
Teeth can become stained because of the foods you eat and drink, medications you may be taking, or the natural yellowing that comes with age. One of the quickest ways to enhance your smile is with teeth whitening. You can opt-in for an in-the-office whitening treatment with your local dentist for the most professional treatment though it may come at a higher cost, and many insurance companies do not cover the treatment since it’s considered elective.
There are plenty of great in-home options available, so look for one that meets your needs in terms of time to see the best results, dentist approval, and cost.
Don’t forget the lips!
While dental care is super important, don’t forget the impact a great lipstick can make on your smile! Choosing the right lipstick is critical for ensuring it complements your skin tone, matches the look and feel of your ceremony (day vs. night), and doesn’t accidentally smudge off on the flower girls or maid of honor. Make sure you pick a color that complements your skin tone, and for the finest, long-lasting effects, choose a lipstick with a creamy sheen.
Smile for the camera
While having great, healthy teeth that are bright and white may give you an extra boost of confidence, the best smiles come from within. So take time before your big day to relax, to rest, and to savor the moment. That smile you’ve worked so hard to achieve will be captured in your wedding photos and remembered for years to come!
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